Transfer Student Information

While we strongly encourage you to start at UWM from day one, everything you need to know to successfully transfer to our program is here!

Course Study Before Transferring

We recommend completing as many prerequisite courses in Math, Physics, and Chemistry as possible before transferring to UWM. Note that your current institution might have slightly different course numbers or descriptions for the prerequisite courses from those offered here at UWM. This is okay! If you are transferring within the UW System, you can use the UW System Credit Transfer Wizards to see how courses will transfer to UWM. If you are transferring from another institution, you can use UWM’s Transfer Equivalency Database to see how courses will transfer to UWM. Alternatively, you may contact the Program Chair for an unofficial transfer credit evaluation.

When to Transfer to UWM

Students seeking to major in Atmospheric Sciences must transfer to UWM no later than the start of the spring semester of their sophomore year to graduate in four years. Our major’s first two core courses, Atm Sci 240 (Introduction to Meteorology) and Atm Sci 250 (Introduction to Climate Science), are offered only in the spring and must be completed before entering our two-year core major course series.

Ready to Get Involved?

Join our community of like-minded students and get involved with one or both of our student-led organizations, the Atmospheric Sciences Club and The Climate Consensus! You can also get involved with a professional club that meets at UWM, the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. During the fall and spring semesters, our Innovative Weather program holds a pre-internship program to introduce students to its operations. You may also be interested in the world’s first faculty-led Atmospheric Science Study-Abroad Program through which we travel to Mexico to explore the effects of acid rain on Mexico’s historical sites. You can even become involved with faculty-led undergraduate research as early as your first semester on campus!


If you’d like more information or have questions about transferring to our program, please contact the Program Chair. If you are local to Milwaukee, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus and program.